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Dear Beauty Brains,
I’m guilty of having access to enough information at my disposal to freak me out without any of the knowledge to draw any useful conclusions.
Specifically, I’m torn between continuing to buy the sketchy Thai Retin-A Cream .05% that I buy on e-bay or getting the legit Airol Cream .05% (the legit Retin-A equivalent in Italy) that I can pick-up at a local pharmacy.
I’m not asking for medical advice, but some insight the ingredients that make-up 99.95% of the product. Specifically how they might interact with other products I’m using in my routine.
I stumbled on an article about how Benzoic acid (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzene_in_soft_drinks) turns into carcinogenic Benzene in the presence of Vitamin C.
“The benzene forms from decarboxylation of the preservative benzoic acid in the presence of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and metal ions (iron and copper) that act as catalysts, especially under heat and light.”
So.. should I be worried about pairing the Italian Retin-A Cream (Airol) with a vitamin C serum. Would Airol + Vitamin C serum create a carcinogenic cocktail on my face?
The Italian Airol cream contains the following “inactive” ingredients:glicerolo stearato/Ceteareth 20, sorbitolo soluzione 70%, cera di esteri cetilici, peridrosqualene, butilidrossianisolo (E320), disodio edetato, magnesio solfato eptaidrato, acido benzoico (E210), acqua depurata.
For comparison Retin-A contains these “inactives” contains these ingredients: STEARIC ACID , ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE , POLYOXYL 40 STEARATE , STEARYL ALCOHOL , XANTHAN GUM, SORBIC ACID , BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE , WATER
The Vitamin C serum I’m using “ Fitocose - Fluido Anti-Age alla Vitamina C” contains these ingredients: Aqua - Aloe barbadensis gel*- Squalane - Glyceryl stearate citrate - Tocopheryl acetate - Phospholipids - Alcohol - Cetearyl alcohol - Glycerin - Sodium ascorbyl phosphate - Helianthus annuus seed oil*- Butyrospermum parkii butter*- Capryloyl glycine - Ceramide 3 - Daucus carota extract - Persea gratissima oil unsaponifiables - Ascorbyl palmitate - Oryzanol - Xanthan gum - Acacia senegal gum - Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate - Tocopherol - Citric acid - Sodium dehydroacetate - Rosmarinus officinalis extract - Brassica napus seed oil - Sodium phytate - Profumo**- Geraniol**- Linalool**- Citronellol**- Limonene*